Where have you Bim?

Vienna is reputed to have one of the most reliable public transport services in Europe. Its 172-kilometre tracks consisting of 1,053 stops make Vienna the city with the sixth-largest tram network in the world, beaten only by Melbourne, Saint Petersburg, Sofia, Berlin and Moscow.

Every holidaymaker loves the special appeal of Schönbrunn Palace and the many attractions situated in the city centre. Now two authors have decided to create a guide considering all areas of Vienna.1

“Wien entdecken mit der Bim” confirms that it’s not all doom and gloom on the outskirts of the Austrian capital. Examining districts which are quite certainly uncharted territory to most tourists, Thomas Hofmann and Beppo Beyerl offer comprehensive background information on lovely parks, traditional markets pressurised by new shopping malls and monuments commemorating incidents and personalities as diverse as you can imagine – from the nuclear detonation at Hiroshima to a renowned Viennese surgeon.

The authors had the courage to vent their frustration over certain traffic and infrastructure developments their hometown has undergone in the past few decades. Readers determined to look beyond the glitzy surface will find a lot to admire here as “Wien entdecken mit der Bim” tells from suburban Jugendstil buildings, defunct factories, the former Communist Party headquarter and the homes of famous residents like late artist Gustav Klimt and football legend Matthias Sindelar.

Wien entdecken mit der Bim
By Beppo Beyerl & Thomas Hofmann
Published by Styria (www.styriabooks.at)

Conflict & cooperation

The intense battle between Woodrow Wilson and the Grand Old Party about the League of Nations is at the crucial subject of a new biography of the 28th POTUS.

After lecturing assignments at different universities, Wilson became Governor of New Jersey and subsequently President of the United States. Those in favour of his agenda think that the nation owes him a debt of gratitude for making the world a better place by joining the war against the Central Powers. They also praise his resilience regarding the establishment of an international union of states aiming at worldwide peace.1

Wilson considered his League of Nations concept as an allegory for hope. Travelling across the country to increase support for the idea was an extremely exhausting effort. Making concessions was absolutely out of the question for Wilson whose physical ailments eventually stopped him from carrying on. As a consequence, militantly conservative Republicans gained an edge over Wilson who even considered running for another term after having suffered several strokes.

“Woodrow Wilson. Amerika und die Neuordnung der Welt” portrays an infamously determined but also stubborn personality. The acrimonious debate over his legacy is set to continue as historian Manfred Berg creates a colourful portrait not just of the late US president but also of his fiercest rivals, the leaders of the Allied Powers in World War One and society at the beginning of the 20th century.

Woodrow Wilson. Amerika und die Neuordnung der Welt
By Manfred Berg
Published by C.H. Beck (www.chbeck.de)

Art you serious?

There is a widely held assumption that artists are in an enviable position. However, their lives are not just about rubbing shoulders with celebs and influential decision-makers at posh exhibit openings. Working creatively beholds innumerable dips and 1disappointments. This common misunderstanding is one of the topics of “Kunst in Cartoons”, a brilliant 120-page collection of caricatures by Petra Kaster, Rudi Hurzlmeier and many others. The book discloses the true inspiration of Salvador Dali. A cartoon hilariously recounts the infamous Van Gogh ear incident while another drawing reveals what happens when an over-ambitious cleaning lady encounters a guzzled painter who passed out on the gallery floor.

Kunst in Cartoons
By Katharina Greve, Michel Holtschulter & many more
Published by Holzbaum (www.holzbaumverlag.at)

Readied Rapid face Bulls

Rapid are confident they are ready to face the champions as a new Bundesliga is about to kick off.

Rapid director of sports Zoran Barisic said after Sunday’s 9-1 cup victory over Allerheiligen: “I think we are well prepared. Today we remained focused throughout the match. We had everything under control and scored some beautiful goals.”

Rapid were superior in all respects compared to their Styrian opponents but Red Bull– the team the Viennese side are facing tomorrow (Allianz Stadion Vienna, 8.45pm) – also put in a superb performance at the weekend. Salzburg – who won not just the league but also the cup last season – crushed Parndorf 7-1 to reach the second round of the ÖFB Cup.1

The loss of almost half of last season’s starting eleven is weighing heavily on the minds of Red Bull supporters but also club bosses. Munas Dabbur, Xaver Schlager, Hannes Wolf, Stefan Lainer and Fredrik Gulbrandsen all left the club. “This club enjoyed enormous success in the past few days. That’s not an easy situation for an incoming coach,” new Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch admitted.

Rapid are meanwhile determined to do better in the new season than in the last one when the team embarrassed themselves by finishing in seventh. Barisic managed to convince Austrian Under-21 left-back Maximilian Ullmann to join the club from league rivals LASK. The departure of Manuel Thurnwald, who can play as left-back and winger, was announced just a few days later. The 21-year-old signed a contract at Altach.

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From the Lisbon Lions to Larsson

The complicated political legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict is the key topic of a new book on Scotland’s most prominent soccer club.

Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling recounts the history of Ireland as he looks back on the foundation of Celtic Football Club. He analyses the political angle of everything that happened in Scottish and Irish football ever since the game was established as a popular alternative to Gaelic football.1

Schulze-Marmeling – who has previously written about George Best and Johan Cruyff – pays tribute to the greatest players of the club, from Jimmy Johnstone to Henrik Larsson. He looks back on the Lisbon Lions’ marvellous triumph, Celtic’s impressive Scottish Premiership winning streaks and the Hoops’ bitter defeat against Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto.

However, his examination of political extremism and fanatic ideology remains vital throughout “Celtic. Ein ‘irischer’ Klub in Glasgow”. Football might have crossed right through opposing countries and ideologies all around the world. But Northern Ireland and the Irish community of Glasgow have found themselves in the centre of a confrontation for too long – and its repercussions are still being felt.

Schulze-Marmeling is not trivialising any substantial ethnic divides or religious rifts. In “Celtic. Ein ‘irischer’ Klub in Glasgow”, the author investigates which parties have been supported by Glaswegians with an Irish background. He can even refer to polls which disclose the preferences of Celtic and Rangers supporters. Furthermore, the book is packed with an astonishing array of anecdotes – from extraordinary developments in Celtic’s early years to a visit of Winston Churchill to Belfast.

Schulze-Marmeling has once more managed to please readers who want more than just another book on a football club.

Celtic. Ein “irischer” Klub in Glasgow
By Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (www.werkstatt-verlag.de)